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FBI Arrests Man in MLK Day Bomb Incident in Spokane

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI on Wednesday announced the arrest of an ex-soldier with ties to White Supremacists in connection with a bomb that was placed along the parade route at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March in Spokane, Wa., on Jan. 17.

Kevin William Harpham, age 36, of Colville, Wa. was arrested and charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered explosive device. The Spokesman Review reported that Harpham served from 1996 to 1999 as a fire support specialist with the Army’s 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment.

The Spokesman Review reported that the Southern Poverty Law Center confirmed that Harpham in 2004 was a member of the White Supremacist group, the National Alliance.

“What to me this arrest suggests is that the Martin Luther King Day attack is what it always looked like: A terror-mass murder attempt directed at black people and their sympathizers,” Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project told the paper.

But Erich Gliebe, chairman of the National Alliance, based in Hillsboro, W.Va., told the paper that Harpham is not a member of the group.

“We have a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal activity and anyone committing those acts – even hinting or joking — would not be welcome in our organization,” Gliebe said.

Is Today’s Anti-Government Movement Similar to the Pre-Oklahoma Bombing Era?

Federal Building in Oklahoma at time of explosion/fbi photo

Federal Building in Oklahoma at time of explosion/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –– Is  the Tea Party and other anti-government movements mirroring  the sentiments of the nation before the Oklahoma bombing 15 years ago?

USA Today reports that some see parallels.

“It feels a lot like the run-up to Oklahoma City,” Mark Potok, Intelligence Project director at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks U.S. hate groups, told USA Today. “Will we see another Oklahoma City? Nobody can really say.”

USA Today wrote that “in the months before the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing…militias and “patriot” groups burst into the vanguard of a seething anti-government campaign, fueled by anger over the Clinton administration’s push for landmark gun-control legislation and federal officers’ aggressive tactics in high-profile standoffs with groups such as the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.”

Then April 19, 1995, Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols blew up the Edward P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has reported that the militia organizations has dramatically grown in the last year.

“This is a broader-based and deeper kind of movement. Today, their ideas have penetrated into the mainstream,” Potok told USA Today.

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